March 16, 2012
The 200 medley relay team and butterflier Yasi Jahanshahi highlighted the UCLA swim team on Friday at the NCAA Championships in Auburn, AL as three school records during their races.
The 200 medley relay team broke the school record of 1:39.48 (set at the Pac-12 Championships in late February) during the preliminary rounds on Friday morning. Anna Senko (25.74, back), Allison Gargalikis (27.55, breast), Jahanshahi (23.61, fly) and Kathryn Murphy (21.95, free) lowered the UCLA record to 1:38.85 to finish 16th in the prelims. All four women swam lifetime-best splits, while Murphy's 50 freestyle split was a new school record as well. In the final, the foursome finished 16th overall (1:39.50) to score the first team points for the Bruins.
Jahanshahi finished 11th in the prelims of the 100 fly with a new school record time of 52.46. That bettered the previous record of 52.62, set by teammate Bianca Casciari in 2010. Her finish moved her into the finals where she placed 15th overall with a time of 52.71.
Both Jahanshahi and the 200 medley relay team earned All-American honorable mention honors with tonight's finish.
Earlier in the day during the prelims, several Bruins were also in action. Noelle Tarazona finished 32nd in the 400 IM with a time of 4:14.97. In the 100 fly, Casciari placed 45th (54.28), while Senko was 49th with a lifetime-best swim of 54.53. Casciari has been hindered by an injury she suffered before the NCAA meet and it affected her ability to race.
In the 200 free, Murphy swam a lifetime-best of 1:47.82 to finish 47th overall. Gargalikis swam just off of her lifetime-best as she finished 23rd with a time of 1:00.57.
The 800 freestyle relay team of Murphy, Senko, Tarazona and Casciari wrapped up the night, swimming 7:16.42 for 19th-place overall.
Competition concludes at NCAAs on Saturday with the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform diving and 400 free relay.